not see anything of this sort on your part. Your reproaches on this subject
are unfounded and out of place. I shall not reply to them.
However, as regards Polish State property, I already told you the last
time and I repeat once more, that all losses will be made good.
If the Embassy should obstruct our action, the result will be anything
but good. I see that you do not want to get reconciled to our standpoint.,
and the Embassy still continues to follow its old line of procedure. This
has nothing to do with assurances of friendship. I must remark that the
Embassy's attitude towards these problems is strange, for it does not issue
instructions in accordance with our laws. No good can result from this.
All this is quite incomprehensible to me,
Romer : Your expostulation, Mr. Commissar, I shall answer later when
I substantiate my statement with facts, I will now submit to your
consideration a further series of facts, and, in doing so, I would—in connec-
tion with point three—emphasize that the Embassy has been exposed of
late to various vexations and difficulties. Even I, personally, have trouble
when I speak over the telephone with Kuybyshev. Long distance telephone
calls of the Embassy are not attended to. An ever increasing number of
telegrams from outlying places are not delivered to the Embassy. Callers
leaving the Embassy are forced to show their identity papers and are
arrested. Worse, cases are known in which such persons have been beaten
up in public. If you so desire, I can give further particulars as well as the
dates of the incidents. Families of Embassy officials and of employees of
institutions under it in outlying districts are forced to accept Soviet
passports. . . .
I will now revert to the matter touched on by you, Mr. Commissar,
concerning the taking over of relief institutions by the Soviet authorities.
I am obliged to emphasize, once more, that the Embassy never agreed
thereto and was not even notified by the People's Commissariat for Foreign
Affairs in this matter, and that a policy of accomplished fact is being applied.
The institutions are closed down before the question of citizenship of the
staff and inmates has been established. This is not indicative of any good
will on the part of the Soviet Government. I suggest, on my part, that
the local authorities discontinue this action at least until our conversations
have been brought to a close, as they are intended to bring about a friendly
settlement of pending difficulties. At the present juncture it is difficult to
arrive at an understanding. Whilst we are discussing questions of principle,
things are happening out there in the provinces that are apt to change the
whole situation. The Polish Government cannot be indifferent to these
Molotov : I would like to ask, Mr. Ambassador, at what you are actually
aiming ? We shall verify the individual facts mentioned by you. (Molotov
repeats this twice.) What more can you wish ? If you start by not
recognizing our laws, then all attempts to achieve an understanding will be
futile. From the conversations we have had hitherto I have gained the
impression that you continue uninterruptedly to maintain your standpoint
of not recognizing the Decree of November 29, 1939.
You certainly do not possess, Mr. Ambassador, general information as
to how this whole action is being carried out.
Romer : On the contrary, Mr. Commissar, I have a large number of
facts affecting not only Embassy officials. I can for instance mention the
case of Mrs. Sigmund, born and domiciled in Warsaw, now residing at
Kustanay, a daughter of the well-known writer Adolph Nowaczynski.
Molotov : We will verify these facts.
Romer : Persons who know beyond any doubt that even within the